Source: TNA, PROB 11/287
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In the name of God Amen I Thomas Buck of Winterborne in the countie of Glouc????? being sicklie in bodie yet of perfect mind and memorie (praysed be God for it) seriously considering the frailtie and mortalitie of all flesh and being desireous soe to settle mine howse in order whilest I live that when I come to die I maie have nothing to doe but to dye Doe therefore make and ordeine my Last will & testament and it is this as followeth First and principallie I commit and Commend my soule to God that gave it assuredlie trusting by the alone merits and mercies of my deer and pretious Redeemer Jesus Christ who of his eternall Love to Lost & ??d??e??? ??????? into the world to save sinners whereof I am cheif & by his Grace I Hope to be saved and to obteyne Remission of all my sinnes ^ And ^ as life everlasting my bodie I Commit to the earth to be decentlie interred at the Discrecon of mine Executrix And of such worldlie estate as it hath pleased God to make me Steward of I dispose thereof as followeth that is to saie First I doe nomi- nate and appoint my deere wife Elizabeth sole and whole Executrix of this my Last will and testament Item Whereas I and my said wife have here- tofore Levied a fine of the state and Capitall Messuage of my Mannor of Winterborne and divers Closes and grounds parcells of the Demesnes of the same Mannor to Francis Yoomans of Bristoll gent and to William Knight since deceased for the terme of ninetie yeres upon trust to be grannted & Disposed and I and my said wife or the Survivor of us should Direct or appoint And whereas they the said Francis and William have with the Consent disc- etion & appointment of me & my said wife by writeing Endented (wherein we have also ?y??? grannted a terme of eightie nine yeres thereof to Hugh Browne Browne Esqr deceased who regrannted the same to me at the yerelie Rent of Fowre score pounds dureing the first Thirtie one yeres and with power of Redemp- tion on paying in of One thowsand pounds as maie app??r And whereas I d?? by fine and Indenture grannt & settle to & on Marie Butcher widdow for the terme of One Thousand yeres other parcells of my Demeasne Lands of the mannor of Winter- borne aforesaid which said Mary Butcher did afterwards assigne her said terme & interest that it came tot he said Hugh Browne and sons by him regrannted with the said other Lands to me by with & under the said yerelie Rent of Fowre- score pounds ??? maie appeare Now I doe hereby restate and confirme to my said wife (surviving me) the power of disposeing and ordering of the Lands soe Leased and grannted to the said William Knight and Francis Yeomans as aforesaid as amplie as she and I joinlie must doe dureing our joint Lives Nevertheless it is my will & meaning that my said wife shall with the Consent and approbation of my overseers herein afternamed or soe manie of them as shalbe then Living sell ???? All my said Capitall Messuage & Demeasne Lands of Witnerborne wthin the said Fine Levied to the said William Knight and Francis Yeomans & in a Fyne Levied to William Greene & Isreal Pownell (whereon the said Indenture of mortgage made to the said Marie Butcher is ???ded) with their Appertnances for the most they can get for the same and what monies shalbe raysed by Sale thereof with other my goods and personall estate Chattles reall and personall whatsoever shalbe paid & imployed by my said wife with the Consent & approbation of mine Overseers as followeth (that is to saie) For payment of all my debts & Redemption of the Lease and grannt made to Mr Hugh Browne as aforesaid and also for Satisfaccion of my funerall Charges & Legacies herein by me given and out of ye Residue my said wife to Reteyne to her owne use One thowsand pounds And out of the same Overplus I give to my daughter Elizabeth One thowsand pounds To be paid unto her when she shall accomplish the Age of one and twentie yeres soe as she live soe long unmarried And in Case she shall marrie in the meanetime with Consent of her mother she being then living or being dead then with Consent of most of my Overseers then living Then the same One thowsand pounds given to my said Daughter to be paid at the daie of such her marriage But in case my said daughter shall before she accomplish her said age marrie without Consent as aforesaid Then I give her onlie five Hundred pounds and the same to be paid to her at her said age of One and twentie yeres soe as she soe long live & not otherwise And in Case my said daughter Elizabeth shall die before her portion or portions shall grow due as aforesaid Then the same to remaine and be paid to my Sonne Thomas if he be then living And if he be then dead to my eldes Sonne Mathew And also out of the same overplus I give to my daugh- ter Katharine the summe of Six hundred pounds to be paid to her when she shall attaine her Age of one and twentie yeres in Case she soe long live other- wise to come & be paid to my said Sonne Thomas if he be then living otherwise to my Sonne Mathew And the Residue of the same Overplus I give to my said Sonne Thomas to be paid to him when he shall accomplish his full Age of one and twentie yeres in case he soe long live and not otherwise But if he die before that age then the same Surplusage to come to and be paid to my said wife and daughters then living equallie betweene them And it is neverthelesse my will & meaning that if my said personall Estate and sale of my Lands as aforesaid shall not amount to paie my debts legacies and Funerall Charges and to raise the beforemenconed Summes of one thowsand pounds for my wife, One thowsand pounds for my daughter Elizabeth Six Hundred pounds for my daughter Katherine and five Hundred pounds for my Sonne Sonne Thomas Then an abatement to be made for what it shall come short out of the same Legacies and gifts to my wife and daughters & sonne The? ???? proportionablie & in ?d?? proportion is the same summes soe given ??????????? by me as aforesaid Item I will and desire that the old House of my mannor and Lordshipp of Winterborne aforesaid with the said Mannor or Lordshipp and the rights members and appurtenances there- of (other then the Capitall Messuage Demesne Lands & other Lands com- prized in the two Fines aforemenconed shall goe and descend as by ?????? on the jointure made to my said wife or otherwise by Lawe it ought And it is my will and meaning that my said wife shall have the interest & benefit of my said daughters and sonne Thomas his porsions of monie untill the same shall grow due to them respectivelie as aforesaid soe as she my said wife shall educate or maintaine them to the good likeing of my Over- seers or the most of them Item I Constitute & desire my approv?ll good freinds Sr Robert Poynt?? knight of the Bath John Haggat Esqr Thomas Chester Esqr Thomas Symes Esqr Thomas Roberts Esqr and the sd Francis Yeomans to be Overseers of this my Last will and Testament And I give them five pounds a peece which I desire them to accept as a token of my love Item I give to my oled servant John Parker all my weareing Apparrell Item I give to the poore of the parish of Winter- bourne five pounds to be destributed by my wife at her discretion In witnes whereof I have to this my Last will and testament conteyned in theis fowre Sheets of paper set mine Hand and Seale this Nine & Twentieth daie of March in the yere of our Lord God One thowsand Six Hundred Fiftie and eight Thos Buck Signed sealed and published then in the presence of Phil Langley James Legg John Yeomans Sim Chap- man John Parker This will was Proved at London The First daie of Februarie One thowsand Six Hundred Fiftie Eight Before the Judges for probate of willes and grannting Administracons lawfullie authorized By the oath of Elizabeth Buck his Relict and Sole Executrix named in the sd will To whom was Committed Administracon of all and Singuler the goods Chattles and debts of the said deceased She being by Commission first sworn truelie to Administer the same
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